March 31, 2014

Burke water facility repairs underway

BURKE — A broken heater and frozen water pump caused problems in January that the Village of Burke is still dealing with now.

At a recent meeting, the Burke Village Board heard a report from Water Superintendent Tom Russell, who said he was having a hard time finding a four-way “T” to complete repairs to the water-supply system.

“The heater quit, and then the pump froze, and that caused too much water pressure,” Russell told the Press-Republican. 

“There was no interruption to our residents, but the tank will have to be inspected by the (Franklin County) Health Department when all the work is done.”

He said it was about 23 below zero with a 35-to-40-mph wind when the incident happened — all the right ingredients for something to freeze. The elusive part has been ordered and should be here shortly, he said.

The village supplies water to about 90 people, who pay an annual flat fee for the service. Daily usage in the winter is about 13,000 gallons.

Most of the cost for the repair will be covered by the village’s insurance carrier.

In other business at the meeting:

Fire Department: Daniel Burl applied to become a member of the Burke Volunteer Fire Department and was approved on a recommendation from Mayor Craig Dumas.

Delinquent water bills: Village water users who have delinquent bills have been notified by certified letter of the condition of their accounts.

Tentative budget: Discussion was held regarding the tentative budget, with small changes made, including the Youth Park contract being set at $2,250 instead of $2,500.

Next meeting: The Village Board will meet next at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, at the Town Offices, which have relocated to the new facility at 5337 Route 11.

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